Thank you Phyllis Diller for paving the way for us gals to stand up and be funny. You were one of a kind, thanks for the laughs
35 years ago today Elvis Presley left the building. The King may be gone but his music lives on. One day I’m going to Memphis to see where he lived, it’s on the to do list.
Ron Palillo died today. Another comedy great has left us. Welcome Back Kotter was one of my favourite shows when I was a kid. Thanks for the laughs and the one liners. Off my case, toilet face!
67 years ago today American soldiers dropped ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki, having dropped ‘Little Boy’ from Enola Gay on the city of Hiroshima three days before. Approximately 250,000 people were killed by the two bombs. Truman said at the time,”the United States and its allies had spent two billion dollars on the greatest scientific gamble in history-and won.” The Hibakusha, (literally explosion-affected people) now number over 600, 000, living and dead.
A few months after the bombs dropped, my dad was stationed in Japan and visited Hiroshima with other reporters, a cartoonist and photographers. My dad and his friends all contracted some form of cancer in the years since.
67 years later the world is still fighting for peace. Have we learnt nothing?
One of my favourite female clowns, Lucille Ball, was born today. She had the most marvellous face and superb timing. Lucy was pregnant on television at a time when this was frowned upon by male executives. She was also the first woman in television to be head of a production company: Desilu, the company that she and Desi Arnaz formed. Thank you Lucy for blazing a trail for women in comedy and sharing your gift.
When I was a kid I wanted to be Pamela Stephenson. I still love her